The American Modified Series brought its usual cast of titans of the tear-off into Williamsburg, Ohio’s Moler Raceway Park on Friday, June 21 2013 to match wits and steel against Moler’s weekly stout field of Mods. An evening of thrilling action throughout the fields of four Heat Races, two B-Mains and thirty lap Feature Event were brought to a crescendo as a charging former Moler Champion ran down but couldn’t catch AMS stalwart and former AMS Moler winner Bryan Barber to claim the $1,500 prize.
Upon entry through the gates it didn’t take fans long to know that this event was worth braving the six and a half drops of rain that fell in three hours to witness the top shelf racing action featured weekly at the easily accessible quarter mile banked oval just east of Cincinnati, Ohio. The popular AMS series has been here before and it’s been outstanding every time, this time would be no different and at no extra charge along came more stellar action in the Late Model, Chevette and Compact Divisions.
Heat Three rolled to the racing surface led by Josh Ferguson in a fine looking 2F machine and Trent Young in the 10y machine. Keith Smith put his #1s inside of Row Two with Ricky Tinch in the T92 car. Recently thundering Kevin Coper sat inside of Row Three in the #509 car paired with Rocky Wilson in #67. Mike Marischen drove the #91 car to the inside of Row Four to start next to Anthony Slusher in the 2star car. Local Legend John Rhoades brought his famous #59 machine to the races final row.
Ferguson jumped low in Turn One and Young went middle to high right of the bat with Young emerging with the lead he’d never give up. Keith Smith lurked right behind the initial two car battle as Rhoades dove low on Marischen right away as well. Anthony Slusher was in a hurry early as he registered in fifth place behind Tinch and the top three. Copher and Wilson fell back in the middle stages of the race.
Ricky Tinch was a steady force on the low side of the track in the turns while Covington, Indiana’s Josh Ferguson held a steady wheel but could only watch Trent Young increase his lead lap after lap. Young was making the car work everywhere as he seemed to be using the last quarter of the Heat Race as a test session for the 30 lap Feature Event.
Attrition attacked this Heat field in a big way as Slusher pulled to the pits with a fire under the hood while Rocky Wilson, John Rhoades, Kevin Copher and Mike Marischen had disappointing finishes based well established reputations in every case. The beauty of most dirt racing formats is that everyone who enters a Heat Race can still let the wrenches and air powered tools do their magic in steady hands of hard working crews in hopes of making the show through a Consolation Race.
Coverage of Heat Race One
Coverage of Heat Race Two
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